We looked at 6 Brewer 44s, a Mason 44 and 5 Morgan
44s from Maine
and chose the Morgan
44. The Swabbie liked the spacious center cockpit
, large aft cabin
with queen centerline berth and aft head
with tub for rinsing the scuba gear
. She also liked the mast
stay placement compared with the Brewer, which she had to climb around and it made her feel awkward moving forward/aft on deck
. The Morgan sailed easier in light air, but the Brewer was stiffer, and it's heavier at about 28,000+-it's built like a tank. The Brewer is shallow at 4.5' with centerboard
up, but Ted Brewer told me they sail fine even if the centerboard
, as happened to a sailor in the Indian Ocean
. The engine room is huge in the Morgan, with lots of room for our Northern Lights
genset, and we lucked out finding the only boat at the time with the Yanmar
66 hp turbo, an upgrade, which is the proper power for a boat that size.
We're very happy with the Morgan, and glad we chose it for our winter cruises.